About the club
The Taipei Baboons is a Rugby Union team based in Taipei. The team has established itself as a rugby force on both Taiwan and internationally, competing in tournaments around southeast Asia. The Taipei Baboons were established in the early 1990s by expat workers from France. Games were infrequently played and the emphasis was mainly on the social aspects being involved with team-sports. Since those humble beginnings, the original pioneers of the Baboons have moved on and a new succession of expats from many other countries have continued the task of keeping the club alive. The Taipei Baboons hosts a variety of visiting clubs and frequently tours Asia to compete in regional competitions. Rugby 10’s and Rugby 7’s suit the hot climates of the regional competitions such as in Manila, Philippines, Thailand, and Hong Kong.
History of the club told by the founders
Impulsed by Pascal Deville, the Taipei Baboons rugby club was founded in the early months of 1990 by Pascal Deville, Mark Pickup, Yves Mignot, and Peter Landon-Lane. The four met during a lunch at the French Chamber of Commerce. Pascal remembers: “At the founding diner at the Ritz, made possible by its director, our friend André Joulian (Number eight in Toulon in the 60s), we were almost 20, most of us from France. A lot of enthusiasm eating a ‘not-so-good’ cassoulet, but we were only 6 at the field on the next day. The first trainings took place in a parc of the city but quickly with the help of Best Wu they started to play in Danshui. Mark remembers: “The first trainings were difficult. We were two or three guys only on the fields with all the stuff”. And after almost a year, Yves adds : “They arrived ! Kiwis, Aussies, Americans, Canadians, Singaporeans, Irish and others…”. When they were enough, the Taipei Baboons played they first game and won 19-13 lead by their captain Mark (1990-1993). Later the Baboons started touring. They attended the Manila 10’s and the Tchang Kai Shek agreement was born. In 2000, The Baboons toured in France to come back to their roots and played the Potes au feu from Saint Savin in a game organized by Gérard Lepley.